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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale AleBlue Moon Belgian Pale Ale

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Ratings: 980
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: NCSUdo on 05-26-2008)
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Photo of JerseyPaul
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, light orange color with plenty of carbonation; off white head dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing

Smell: Sweet malt w/ citrus & spice notes; mild hoppiness with fruity Belgian yeast notes

Taste: Sweet, lightly caramel malt with a touch of orange & spice; very light hop bitterness with no alcohol aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body; good carbonation; smooth but not watery

Drinkability: Goes down smooth & easy; consumable in large quantities in one sitting

Overall, Pale Moon is another respectable entry from Coors' foray into craft beer. As is the case with most of the beers in this line-up; it's a toned down version of the style that the average beer drinker will try & like. You can do better, but you can definitely do worse too.

JerseyPaul, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of SamN
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale Moon comes out a lovely amber color with brownish highlights. Medium thick, firm foam head. Visible carbonation from the nucleation point of the Perfect Pint. Aromatic, sweetly hoppy balanced smell, malts just a touch off, can't put my finger on it. Easily the best aroma from any Coors product I've ever had. Taste is mildly hopped with a nice biscuity malt backbone. Sturdy taste, more good balance. I pick up some strange sort of ham-like flavors. Feel is still a little thin, more body needed. Overall, a pretty sessionable beer, and probably the best of the Blue Moon lineup. More flavor and aroma here than the usual "craft" beers from BMC.

SamN, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date printed on the neck of the bottle.

Bubbly lace on top of a completely clear brassy amber liquid. Ripe orchard fruit of apples an pears, wild herbs and a hint of sweet biscuits round out the nose. Just as smooth as it is crisp. Wet maltiness, toasty with a slight tiny sugary note. Very fruity ... of fallen orchard fruit. Peppery alcohol, dry biscuity finish.

A half decent try at the mid-range pale ales of Belgium. Its tried to be some where between Fat Tire and De Koninck and Palm Ale but lands somewhere else.

Jason, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of chefhatt
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a glass, i has a nice copper color with not a lot of head to it. The aroma isn't much to talk about, a lite smell of carmel and you need to search for that. The taste is of sweet malts and a bit of hops. The mouth feel is very smooth and i think it is very drinkable.

chefhatt, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of shand
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: This is actually a really good looking beer! It pours a dark copper color with head that just barely crested the top of my glass (three fingers worth at least.) The smell, on the other hand, is less than average. Sweet malts and caramel are what I get out of it, and I need to sniff hard to get that. It tastes better than it smells though. There is a tiny, light hoppy bite that's mostly tempered by the sweet caramely malts. I can taste a little bit of the Belgian yeasts and spices here too. It's not very complex, and isn't much of a pale ale, but I still like the way it tastes.

The mouthfeel is alright, it feels a little under-carbonated but otherwise is alright. It's also a pretty drinkable beer, there's no problems drinking this. This is an alright beer. It's not worth buying the Blue Moon 12 pack sampler just to try, but if you like the normal Blue Moon and the seasonal, it's not a bad throw-in.

shand, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of DJED69
3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the best if the "Moon" brews. Pours a nice clear copper color with decent lasting head. Smells of faint Belgian aromas and a nice pop of American hops. Taste follows suit. Some light Belgian stylings with decent (Cascade?) hops on the palate. I actually really liked this with a bowl of spicy chili. Wish I had another to follow up with. Worth a try.

DJED69, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very nice pale and Munich malt scent along with a mild yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor along with a delicate hop bitterness and a good yeast fruitiness. The esters aren't as pronounced as a traditional BPA, but the subtle character suits this well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good starter Belgian ale. It's nothing like the traditional style, but for people who are new to yeast esters it's a solid choice.

WesWes, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good from what I can see in the bottle. Fairly cloudy brown.

Smell: Caramel. That's about all I get.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Again, more caramel, but the thick, creamy mouthfeel is nice.

Drinkability: Comforting, but not inspiring.

Overall: Definitely my least favorite in the Blue Moon family.

tjsdomer2, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

81st review on BA
Bottle to Pint

App- Dark amber in color with a busy first pour carbonation. Little head was left and didnt retain well.

Smell- Faint spice note with another small touch of some mild citrus.

Taste- A simple sugary taste with a bit of flower notes on the tounge. Had a muted underlying citrus of orange peel or lemon.

Mouth- It's a bit thin and lacking in bite. It is crisp which is what I am assuming coors was going for.

Drink- Just wanted to try it. Probably wont have it again.

FosterJM, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep bronze color with an average sized, light, foamy, bubbly, soapy white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a ring of lace with some patches of lace in the center.

S - Strong showing of pale and caramel malt. Good amount of spice with orange peel, pepper, hibiscus, faint clove, and others. Touch of citrus and spicy hops.

T - Similar to the aroma. Plenty of pale and caramel malt and a strong spice showing. Hibiscus and herbal/tea like flavors have a strong showing. A touch of orange, citrus hops and some spice. Reminds me a fair amount of Blue Moon as a pale ale rather than a witbier.

M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. Pretty watery and thin feel.

D - Easy to drink and nothing offensive, but it doesn't make me want to drink more. Uninspiring.

Notes: Didn't really wow me nor did this really remind me of a Belgian Pale Ale (or any Belgian ale). Wasn't a big fan of this, all I really picked up was some spice and herbal/tea flavors on top of some caramel malt. Was pretty bland with those flavors as well. I would just rather grab a Blue Moon than this if I were picking up a beer from this line.

FreshHawk, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of hockeyhead
4.3/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A:pours copper colored with creamy looking white fluffy head
S: smell is citris cascade hop notes with some malt coming through
T: piney citris notes then a cmooth bready smooth finish actually this is well balanced im surprised
M: lite to medium body very carbinated but is very refreshing too im stuck
D: i can drink alot of these no problem yummy beer

hockeyhead, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of mynie
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought in a holiday mix pack. Drank out of a big wine glass because I'm at my dumb parent's house and they don't got proper glassware. Man, the holidays are stupid.

Anyhow... what's the parallel for this? Like, the beers below dubbels and trippels, right? Because that's just damn unfair. This beer looks pretty, but it's got almost nothing going on.

I think it's maybe a better idea to compare this to beers like Fat Tire. This is a Belgian Amber more than it's a Belgian Pale, and by that I mean it's probably made out of Belgian yeast but there's like no complexities there, it's main appeal is its caramely malt and its drinkability. That--and the hops are totally American. This is Belgian only in name.

So judging it as its own, weird thing, this is okay. It's not a Belgian Pale, and I frankly don't like that it's labeled as such because this is a crossover beer and beergeek neophytes shouldn't be told that this is something that it ain't. But aside from that, this is okay. Not great, but totally okay.

mynie, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a coppery color. There is a two finger off white head that shows weak retention. No real lacing at all on the side of the glass.

S- There is a surprising hop aroma to this. Light citrus notes...not in the front but more so toward the end. Light earthy tones like grassy and hay but there is a nice pale malt under it all.

T- A interesting Belgian pale ale to say the least. I wouldn't call this one but it is what it is. A light grainy hint to this from start to finish. There is a light pale malt to this but doesn't dominate the beer like I thought it would. Light citrus hops in the ending that gives it a little bite. Some light orange peel in the tail end.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Light pale malts and orange peel left on the palate. Some alcohol and faded hops in the aftertaste. Flavors for what they were..were blended well. Some light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer is drinkable. I really didn't mind it and actually found it to be above average in the realm of Coors and it's profile.

alleykatking, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of bushbeer75
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon Pale Moon Ale poured a clear copper color with a small tan head that dissipated rather quickly leaving behind tight rings of lacing. The nose is dominated by malt, with a hint of yeast and caramel. Taste is of light pale malts, and light sweetness from caramel. Also, a citrusy and floral flavor from orange peel and maybe some hibiscus [as I am not very familiar with its taste] ending with a delicate hop finish.

Pale Moon is not my preferred Belgian Pale Ale, however, a good entry point to the more complex Belgian Pale Ales.

bushbeer75, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint, 5.4% ABV, DEC1310 printed on the neck.

A - Strong carbonation rushes through the clear golden tangerine-colored beer to a short-lived white head. Some spots of lace pretty-it-up just a bit.

S - Dry straw and hay with very pale malt in the nose makes way for the citrusy-smelling cascade hops. A touch of resin makes it's way in as well but what doesn't find it's way in is any sort of Belgian influence. It smells of a very weak American pale.

T - Still lacking any sort of real Belgian influence, this American pale ale is about as weak as the nose. The malts seem more like hay and grainy straw than malt but the mild cascade hop spices it up a touch. A subtle citrusy character from the hops pulls through too. This one doesn't seem to have hibiscus or orange peel in that which the label claims.

M - Light-bodied and very carbonated, the mouthfeel seems the be the only similarity to a Belgian pale I find. Thin in flavor and particularly in the feel, this has a very mildly bitter finish, almost not noticeable really.

D - Cha-ching! Here's what they can take straight to the bank: drinkability. It's lacking everywhere else but it certainly does have drinkability! I, however, find it to be empty calories with no flavor so I'll be handing this pint to my brother.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber brown color with a medium-sized, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells slightly flowery but mostly citrusy. Has only a slight hint of the yeasty smell typical of Belgian styles.

Taste: Has a slight touch of hoppiness backed by a considerable fruity flavor and a bit of malty sweetness. A strange orange flavor lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Watery and over-carbonated.

Drinkability: A really sub-par beer if they're aiming for a Belgian Pale Ale. However, it's not THAT bad if you think of it as a Coors product. Still, it's not something I think I'll have again anytime soon.

wahhmaster, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of BarrelO
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Amber body. Head is unacceptably anemic for a Belgian ale.

S: Incredibly fruity and yeasty. Reminds me of apples.

T: Just when I was expecting yet another bland offering from the big boys, I get blasted with a burst of hops when I take my first sip. Citrus and pine are definitely noticeable. Malt is bready and rather understated.

M: Light to medium, middling carbonation.

D: This was certainly a pleasant surprise. It won't cause you to redefine your conception of Belgians, but it has distinct strong flavors, a rarity for BMC.

BarrelO, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of wcintula
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear for a pale ale, this orange-amber colored beer pours with a cloud-like finger and a half head. Smells strongly of cascade hops and light spices, which is contrary to the taste, very light in flavor. Very thin bodied, but easily drinkable. A good beginner's pale ale.

wcintula, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick off-white head that thins pretty quickly, sitting on top of a coppery/bronze/sunset color that has total clarity.

Light brown sugar in the nose, fruits like pomegranate and mango, and that certain something typical of so many corporate brews (ie. even though this is an ale, there's a pervading smell of cold steamed veggies).

Flavor is a bit off, considering the style, but not that bad for what it is. Has a cinnamon-y, or potpourri, sort of spicing, some orange zest, with the malt having a toasted/caramel-like edge...the yeast is clearly a bit lower grade than most authentic Belgian pales, and the hops are on the fruitier side. Pretty juicy, with the sweetness well-controlled and the spicing done tastefully. One to drink with an open mind and open palate, because it's really not very "Belgian" at all.

Too carbonated, not having the softness and smoothness it really should. A little bit of fruitiness sticks around in the finish, and this even has a little stickiness, texturally. The bubbles are just too bright.

Nothing totally offensive, but it drinks more like a spiced American amber than a Belgian pale ale. There's such a high standard for Belgians of any variety, this sort of so-so American attempt is pretty weak if you're a fan of the real deal. But in a blind taste test, you could enjoy a few of these on a hot summer day and not be ashamed of it.

Metalmonk, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Yesac
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap and reviewed at tacomac.

A- light orange, slight copper in color.

S- nothing going on here. Faint biscuity malt.

T- big cheap malt nose, slight orange peel, slight spice.

M- medium bodied, well caronated.

D- malty, no smell, but not disgusting. Sessionable for sure, but not very enjoyable.

Yesac, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer had a good head on it that left a slight bit of lace on the sides as it disappeared. The orange color was very clear and showed a lot of carbonation. The aroma lent a bit of hoppiness and a tad of citrus. The taste was very crisp and fresh. A fairly decent tasting pale ale. Not overpowering a decently light. Very drinkable beer.

rgrholmes168, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, auburn hue with a moderate head that dissipates quickly leaving little lace. I'm somewhat confused; it doesn't look like a pale ale to me. Looks more like an IPA.

S: Hints of honey, sugar and hops. The hops dominate, surprisingly.

T: Somewhat sweet maltiness with some floral and tea-like qualities. Decent, and better than I expected based on the appearance and aroma.

M: Virtually non-existent mouthfeel. Quite watered down. At least the carbonation is right where it should be.

D: Not terrible, though not a suggested introduction as to how great the best Belgian pale ales really are. Even some above average ones are way better than this one. Decent drinkability; not offensive, but nothing spectacular. At least it isn't nowhere near as bad as Honey Moon.

irishking1977, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of rdub
3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Easily my favorite Blue Moon brew to date. Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Slight copper color, one finger head dissipating into nothingness. Smell was biscuit-y and mild. Taste was slightly hoppy but nothing compared to real pale ales. Mouthfeel was medium with big bubbles. Drinkability was very good. This would be a good introduction to some to the pale ale world until they can try a real one.

rdub, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of MisterDeeds
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden orange. Clean looking with a surprising frothy head, that laced the side of the glass for a while.

Smells mild with some bready yeast, but nothing jumping out.

Taste is clean and biscuity, with more bitterness than I expected, and a decent mouthfeel with a surprising amount of body.

Not too much going on with it, but it is overall a pretty smooth and drinkable Pale. Don't turn your nose up at it based on the label.

MisterDeeds, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear orange color into my SA Perfect Pint. Thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Floral, slight fruit and malt. Nothing special.

Taste - Ehh...one of my least "favorites" from Blue Moon. Bitterness, floral, slight malt...not the best.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied, average carbonation.

Drinkability - Not really. Been sitting on this for a while because it is not the greatest thing. Oh well...

SpdKilz, Jul 30, 2010
Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.